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Hideaway Furniture by Folditure

The Leaf, a thin and lightweight chair designed by Folditure, will soon be joined by a table counterpart: the Cricket. An aluminum folding table, designed by architect Alexander Gendell, the Cricket uses a complex system of hinges and moving parts to quickly transform a room when that unexpected guest arrives for dinner. Gendell hopes his line of furniture alters the perception of how we organize and move around our living spaces, enabling our environment to become as adaptable and accommodating as a folding chair.
August 21, 2012
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3 Tips for Mid-Century Modern Collectors

One of the great pleasures of visiting the McKenzie Residence in our September 2012 story "Borrego Springs Eternal," is owner Stacey Chapman Paton's collection of mid-century furniture and decor. Paton has always had an eye for design: "From age five I have been really into cars. You could show me a hubcap and I'd know what it's from," she reports. Though her tastes run through pottery, vintage clothing, posters, and jazz, her collector's instincts have never abated. Here are three tips from a master shopper on how to get your collection of vintage goods underway.
August 20, 2012
Murray Moss portrait by Riccardo Vecchio

The Ringmaster

In February, Murray Moss closed his landmark SoHo design emporium to open a smaller headquarters. Now he’s pursuing a new agenda: marrying art and design in a 21st-century Wunderkammer.
August 20, 2012
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August 19, 2012
Wohnung by Le Van Bo

Democratic Design: The Work of Le Van Bo

Van Bo Le-Mentzel arrived on the shores of Germany as a young refugee from Laos. He was fascinated by Spiderman and dreamed of the day when he could help the helpless. Today, he still prefers to wear blue and red, in homage to his superhero, and—after studying architecture at Beuth Hochschule, a University of Applied Sciences in the working class Wedding district of Berlin—has found a way to emulate him. Like Peter Parker, he has a day job, though Van Bo has a few: as a celebrated hip hop-rapping MC, a prolific radio and television show broadcaster, a graffiti-artist, a social media king and ambassador for, the German version of Kickstarter, and as a full-time employee at Dan Pearlman Communications and Branding. By night—and this is the Spiderman part—he moonlights as a guerilla furniture designer. Inspired by Berlin’s Bauhaus legacy and the cool factor of DIY, he creates the plans for beautiful, affordable furniture and releases them for free from his website “This gives the power to the people to make their world a more aesthetic, more social, more uplifting place, without government, police or multinational interference,” he says. “They are plans for happiness—and change starts with you.” In exchange for the free plans, he has asked the furniture makers to send him pictures of their finished products along with stories of its making and uses. The result is the book Le-Mentzel & The Crowd: Hartz IV, published by Hatje Cantz in July—a delightfully inventive showcase of a brave new world where virtual crowds and furniture can change your life.
August 17, 2012
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Soren Tables by Refuge

This pair of end tables is a particular favorite from a new collection by French furniture company Refuge: sandy-stained natural oak shaped into drums, with layers subtracted from the middle.* Refuge makes its clean yet earthy range of furniture—mostly pale wood, white fur, and gray upholstery—in Megève, located in the Savoie region near Switzerland (hence that upscale chalet vibe). 
August 9, 2012
Portrait of Danish designer Cecilie Manz

7 Questions for Cecilie Manz

Republic of Fritz Hansen launched Danish designer Cecilie Manz’s chair and table at this year’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan. Inspired by the rounded shape of a stone on the beach, the minuscule chair is upholstered with a leather trim and a plastic base and will be available in September. Dwell Editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron sits down with Manz to chat about chairs, women in design, and her first Salone.
August 6, 2012
Brooklyn designers Crystal Ellis, Stephanie Beamer, and Hillary Petrie of Egg Collective

New Furniture from Egg Collective

Though Egg Collective opened its wood shop in Brooklyn's Navy Yard in 2011, the of-the-moment design studio has been incubating for many years. Its three founders—Stephanie Beamer, Crystal Ellis, and Hillary Petrie—met when they were freshman undergraduate architecture students at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and have been collaborating ever since. "Our friendship and our working relationship have always gone hand in hand," says Ellis.
August 3, 2012
Zig-Zag Desk by MMD

Best Desked

Although we shouldn’t admit it, the Dwell reception area doesn’t always resemble the best of modern design. Actually, it can become a little crowded when filled with mailing boxes full of products coming in and out of the office. This means we can truly appreciate cutting-edge reception furniture, like the Zig-Zag desk designed by Zbigniew Kostrzewa for Polish office furniture company MDD, which won the 2012 red dot product design award.
July 26, 2012